Kyler Murray: NFL or MLB?

By Brooke Moran

Kyler Murray is an all around athlete who plays baseball and football for the University of Oklahoma. He is a redshirt junior and has won over ten awards in his football career. Murray is one of the best quarterbacks in college football at the moment, and his Heisman Trophy can vouch for that. With all of these awards, he is obviously a die hard football player right? Wrong. Kyler Murray, along with playing football, is an outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team.

In the 2018 First Year Player Draft for Major League Baseball, he was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s. That is correct, Kyler Murray is committed to play MLB baseball for the Oakland A’s. People were worried about him playing baseball because he is talented, but he was also a starting quarterback. He stated that once football season was over, he would commit to playing baseball fully and no longer worry about football. This sadly did not last very long. On February 11th, 2019, Kyler Murray made a statement saying he was going to enter the NFL draft.

This is not the first time athletes have gone through these kinds of issues. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders went through the same things. They both agreed and told Murray that he shouldn’t underestimate the injuries that would come with playing in the NFL. People also worry about Murray because he is 5’10. He is a lot shorter and smaller than all the other beasts that play in the NFL. Some say that he should stick to baseball because of his height while others believe that his football talents should continue into the pro football league.

Murray started out playing football at Texas A&M as a true freshman in 2015. He had to compete with Kyle Allen for a starting quarterback position. Once the competition opened back up, he won the starting position and played eight games. Murray, being the baseball player he is, wanted to play at Texas A&M, but the college had other plans. They wanted him to commit to playing one sport while Murray wanted to play both. This is most likely one of the reasons why he ultimately ended up transferring to Oklahoma.

Still, with all of this going on, this isn't the first time the Murray family has been through something like this. His dad Kevin was a quarterback for Texas A&M from 1983-1986. His dad briefly played some minor league baseball as well. Kyler’s uncle Calvin is a University of Texas alumni who bounced around playing in the MLB. Calvin Murray played for the San Francisco Giants, the Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs. Baseball and football both seem to run in the Murray family.

By the looks of Kyler Murray’s stats, football seems to come easy to him. He was rated as a five-star recruit from ESPN, Rivals, Scouts, and 24/7 Sports. Murray was also ranked as a top dual threat QB in the country. He was also the first person ever to play in the Under Armour All American Games for both football and baseball. Right now, Murray leads the nation in pass efficiency rating, yard/pass attempts, and yard/pass completions. In 2016, due to NCAA transfer rules, he had to sit out his entire season at Oklahoma. In 2017, Kyler backed up Heisman winner Baker Mayfield when Mayfield played for Oklahoma. In the 2018 season, Murray played in every single football game for Oklahoma. In this same year, Murray proceeded to win the Heisman Trophy. The University of Oklahoma is the fourth school that has back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners and the first school to have back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners that are quarterbacks. The school is also tied with Notre Dame for having the most Heisman Trophy winners. Murray is the first player ever to replace a Heisman winner and then proceed to win the Heisman himself.

In my personal opinion, I believe Murray should stick to baseball. I completely agree that he is very talented at football and being a quarterback, but there are a couple of issues. Murray is 5’10 and weighs 195 pounds; this is very small for an NFL quarterback. Most NFL quarterbacks are in the upwards of six feet tall, so he already has a disadvantage. Another issue is the fact that he backed out of playing baseball. If he cannot make up his mind about what he wants to do, then who is to say that NFL teams won't take that into consideration when figuring out if they want to recruit him or not in the draft.